ON-Lion Letter
If you've ever felt frustrated by excessive paperwork, complicated school policies, and bureaucratic rules that keep your school from doing its best work, then there's a new book that explains a different way to think about school administration.  In Education Unbound:  The Promise and Practice of Greenfield Schooling, Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) in Washington, D.C., introduces the concept of "greenfield schooling" and its potential to free up schools to be more responsive to communities and kids.

In the book, pointing to examples of promising new models, Hess explains how a break-the-mold approach to organizing and managing schools can:  strip away barriers that impede new ventures and creative problem-solving; cultivate innovation from the ground up by unleashing the power of educational "entrepreneurship;" expand accountability measurements beyond high-stakes tests to incorporate more valuable outcomes; and harness the power of new technologies to rethink learning environments and track teacher and student performance.
Hess is an AEI resident scholar and directs its education-policy studies.  His work is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationEducation Unbound is published by ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Instead of searching for a silver bullet or the "one, best" solution to school improvement, the book explores a vision for schooling based on starting over with a new infrastructure that encourages talented, motivated individuals to find alternative paths to better teaching and learning.
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